Newly-declassified CIA documents revealed that the U.S. suspected that Adolf Hitler was alive and living in South America as late as 1955.
Adolf Hitler took his own life on April 30, 1945, after it became evident that Nazi Germany would succumb to Allied forces. However, documents recently declassified by the CIA have revealed that the United States was investigating whether Hitler had actually escaped Europe and gone to Colombia, for at least a decade following the dictator’s death.
According to the Miami Herald, a document dated October 3, 1955 revealed that an unidentified CIA agent, referred to as CIMELODY-3 was contacted by a “trusted friend who served under his command in Europe and who is presently residing in Maracaibo (Venezuela).”
The friend told the agent that he was told by a former German SS trooper named Phillip Citroen that Adolf Hitler was in fact still alive and was living in Colombia. He was also told that Hitler could not be prosecuted as a war criminal because it had been more than 10 years since the end of the war.
The document states that Citreon has been speaking to Hitler “about once a month” while on a business trip to Colombia, where it was alleged that Hitler had been living
According to The Sun, the document also included a photo of Citreon with a man he claims is Adolf Hitler. The back of the photo reads, “Adolf Skrittelmayor, Tunga, Colombia, 1954.
Citroen also reportedly told CIMELODY-3’s friend that Hitler had moved from Colombia to Argentina in early 1955.
Another document dated October 17, 1955, offered additional information, citing, “an undated memorandum, believed to have been written in about mid February 1954.” The document said that Citroen had told a former member of the Maracaibo CIA base that he met with a man “who strongly resembled and claimed to be” Adolf Hitler in “Residencias Coloniales,” in Tunja, Colombia.
Citroen reportedly claimed that there were a number of Nazis living in that area of Colombia and that Hitler was highly regarded by them.
Throughout the investigation, the CIA remained skeptical that the reports were legitimate and eventually decided to cease pursuing the claims.
“It is felt that enormous efforts (spent trying to confirm the rumors) could be expanded on this matter with remote possibilities of establishing anything concrete,” a letter dated November 4, 1955, reads. “Therefore, we suggest that this matter be dropped.”
Though the investigation didn’t lead to anything, a source from the Department of Defense noted that it is very interesting that the case was pursued at all.
“The source thought it worthy of sending up to HQ which is notable,” the source said. “Even at the time, those guys had to do a lot go separating the wheat from the chaff.”